Revised scheme

Drum claims support for new Stead’s Place plan

The new plan retains the sandstone buildings

Revised plans for a controversial redevelopment project in Leith appear to be winning broader support than earlier proposals which prompted a public backlash.

Drum Property Group has submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of the 2.9-acre Stead’s Place site, near the foot of Leith Walk.

The site has been earmarked for development by Edinburgh City Council since 2008 and consists largely of a rundown industrial estate and office space, together with a two-storey sandstone building facing directly on to Leith Walk. Many of the shop units have been boarded up as the future of the terrace remained uncertain.

Drum’s revised proposals will replace the existing industrial units with 146 high-quality apartments as part of a landscaped residential scheme linking to Pilrig Park and beyond.

Many of the shop units were boarded up after the plan was first announced

The sandstone building on Leith Walk will be retained and refurbished and made available for commercial occupation. Earlier plans involved demolition of this row of buildings and their replacement with a hotel, shops and student accommodation.

The new proposal follows a six-month consultation which resulted in almost three-quarters of respondents either in support or neutral about Drum’s revised plans, with more than 80% saying that the site should now be developed. 

Welcoming the new planning application, Graeme Bone, group managing director at Drum, said: “This new planning application represents a culmination of more than three-and-a-half years of intense planning, consultation and hard work since Drum first purchased the site. 

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